Lightweight Dining Cars

   The tradition of fine dining continued into the streamline era. The 1939 lightweight trains carried diners built by the BUDD Co.

    Seaboard Air Line bought 3 full dining cars numbered 6100-6102 for the new Silver Meteor and (1) half diner/half lounge car # 6103 for the Meteor service after the Tampa/St Petersburg section split in Wildwood. Seaboard returned to Budd for 2 more Diners from Budd numbered 6104 & 6105 in 1940, at this time the 6103 was converted to a full diner giving the new 14 car Silver Meteor 2 dining cars. After WWII Seaboard ordered 9 more Diners from Budd delivered in 1947. These cars allowed two diners on the Silver Meteor, one for the new Silver Comet, and two for the new Silver Star. Cars numbered 6106-6114. All of these cars were delivered silver. In 1966 Seaboard bought six of the Florida East Coast diners, 4 Budd cars 6115-6118, & 2 Pullman built diners 6119, & 6120. By this time all cars had black trucks, the ex-FEC Pullman built cars had black roofs. These cars continued into SCL.

   Atlantic Coast Line/Florida East Coast joint ordered four diners from the Budd Co. in 1939, two cars each. Both ACL cars were for Champion service, one FEC car was for the Champion and the other one for the Henry M. Flagler. ACL cars named New York, and Philadelphia. FEC cars named Fort Pierce and the Fort Lauderdale for the Henry M. Flagler. In 1940 ACL ordered 3 more diners from Budd. These cars allowed the longer 14 car Champions to have two dining cars in each of the 3 Champion sets. Car names were; Boston, Newark, & Baltimore. In 1947 ACL/FEC had a joint order for ACL (2), FEC (3), dining cars. ACL cars; Tampa, & Washington,  FEC cars; Fort Dallas, Fort Matanzas, & Fort San Marco. These cars were needed for the addition of the new West Coast Champion service. ACL also ordered one Budd Diner/Lounge in 1947 for the St Petersburg section of the West Coast Champion named St. Petersburg. ACL cars delivered all silver with a purple letterboard, FEC cars all silver. In 1950, a joint order from the Pullman Co. was made for a total of 13 cars. ACL(10), FEC(2), & RF&P(1) for the Florida Special and Champion service. This time the ACL & RF&P cars had purple letterboards,  black trucks, & roofs. Cars named for on-line cities.  RF&P named; Henrico. The FEC cars had stainless steel roofs, & letterboards, with black trucks & ACL style lettering. Cars named; Fort Drum, and Fort Ribault. The ACL cars continued into SCL, while FEC cars were sold to SAL in 1966, then onto SCL .

Southern Railway (8) had a joint order with CNO&TP (1) in 1949 for Budd diners. These cars were in New Royal Palm (winter service), Royal Palm (all year), Crescent, Tennessean, and Southerner service. Cars all silver with black trucks, SOU cars numbered; 3305-3312, CNO&TP #3869. In 1950 SOU, FEC, & CNO&TP had a joint order from ACF for three (1 each) dining lounge cars for New Royal Palm, Royal Palm service. These cars were all silver with black trucks, the FEC car adopted Southern style lettering as did all FEC cars bought for this service. SOU car #3399, FEC car named South Bay, and CNO&TP car #3899. Southern also owned 5 Pullman built diners built in 1941 for the Southerner and Tennessean #3300-3304 cars all silver.

Our example is a BUDD diner # 6107 scratch built by SouthEast ScaleModels.

More Examples by SouthEast ScaleModels

FEC Fort Dallas BUDD 1947

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FEC Fort Dallas BUDD 1947

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SAL 6112 BUDD 1947

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SAL 6112 BUDD 1947

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SOU Diner Lounge 3399 ACF 1950

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SOU Diner Lounge 3399 ACF 1950

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SOU 3307 Budd 1949

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SOU 3307 Budd 1949

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ACL St Pete Diner Lounge BUDD 1947

 

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